Despite playing most of the match with ten men and the last twenty-six minutes with only nine, it wasn’t until the very end that Málaga lost a pulsating encounter with Valencia.
The Blue and Whites took an early lead through Rondón, but five minutes later Demichelis was given his marching orders for bringing down Valencia’s Mata inside the area and Mata himself then scored the equaliser from the penalty spot.
Rondón then found the net once more and Málaga had their noses in front when the half time whistle blew.
Soldado brought the sides level again a few minutes into the second half but then the Blue and Whites found themselves down to nine men after Helder was sent packing for making a rude gesture to the officials, and Banega put Valencia into the lead for the first time in the match.
But it wasn’t all over, despite the lack of numbers, and the Blue and Whites made it 3-3 with a classy goal by Baptista. And it stayed that way until the final minute when Aduríz snatched the winner for the home side.
Meanwhile, Barcelona carried on their winning ways, beating Racing Santander 3-0 to stay on top of the pile, seven points ahead pending Sunday’s games.
Pedro opened the scoring after just two minutes, a good start, and Messi (penalty) and Iniesta wrapped up proceedings for the Catalans.